Teaming up with the best
“I think it’s important that the FiDiPro professorship
enables me to be physically present in the research
project. Still ...
”FiDiPro funding programme is very
flexible and supportive. For us it
means that our doctoral candidates
have the funding ...
“It has been a tremendous personal adventure
and great research opportunity. For example,
in Finland there are excellent r...
”The FiDiPro research project is especially valuable as
it enables tangible cooperation. Telephone and video
conferences o...
”In the short run, the most obvious benefit of the
project, in terms of the progress of our field
of research, is the oppo...
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  1. 1. Teaming up with the best
  2. 2. “I think it’s important that the FiDiPro professorship enables me to be physically present in the research project. Still it would be worth attracting even more international researchers to Finland.” FiDiPro Professor Asoke K. Nandi studies brain patterns that music generates. With the help of these patterns people may someday be able to hear without using their ears. The future applications of Professor Nandi’s research are many: medicine, psychotherapy and even entertainment. Photo: University of Liverpool What is FiDiPro? FiDiPro – the Finland Distinguished Professor – is a funding programme for recruiting highly-merited scientists, who are able to commit to long-term cooperation with a Finnish university or research institute. Led and financed by the Academy of Finland and Tekes, FiDiPro provides competitive grants for distinguished researchers, both international and expatriates, from all disciplines. The goal of the FiDiPro programme is to raise the level of scientific and technological excellence by giving Finnish academic organisations the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding researchers around the world. The FiDiPro funding programme for visiting top researchers in science and technology opened its first call in 2006. The first FiDiPro researchers started their work at the beginning of 2007. In 2009, Tekes introduced FiDiPro Fellow funding for promising international research talents.
  3. 3. ”FiDiPro funding programme is very flexible and supportive. For us it means that our doctoral candidates have the funding they need and that we can build effective international cooperation.” FiDiPro Professor Elizabeth CouperKuhlen’s line of research is called interactional linguistics. She aims to study and understand language and the use of language in different interactional situations. Photo: Olli Häkämies Research environment in Finland “The networks within Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation are highly valuable for joint innovation and Finnish industry. These networks bring together the expertise of researchers and companies, and are unique in the world.” FiDiPro Professor Sirkka Järvenpää is an expert in global virtual teams and group functioning. Her research is based on the idea that the creation of open innovations requires both international cooperation and competition. Photo: Mccombs school of business Finland is consistently ranked among the top performers in international comparisons that focus on such aspects as knowledge-based development and international competitiveness. Science, technology and education are given a high priority. Finland excels in technological development and has a high number of researchers. Relative indicators of scientific output and quality of research also put Finland among the very best OECD performers. R&D investment as a proportion of GDP and as private business investment is at high level in Finland, and cooperation between businesses and academia is close. Finland’s network of universities and university-level institutions is exceptionally dense and regionally comprehensive in international comparisons.
  4. 4. “It has been a tremendous personal adventure and great research opportunity. For example, in Finland there are excellent river and ocean water sample databases. We have been able to use this data to effectively compare and analyse our own research findings.” FiDiPro Professor David Thomas researches the effects of climate change on the Baltic Sea. Photo: Johnny Korkman Spearheading research and boosting innovation The Academy of Finland provides funding for cutting-edge and innovative research aimed at significant breakthroughs. Its overriding aim is to support the renewal, diversification and internationalisation of Finnish research. The FiDiPro projects funded by Tekes pay special attention to creating new competence and harnessing it for the needs of business life.
  5. 5. ”The FiDiPro research project is especially valuable as it enables tangible cooperation. Telephone and video conferences or e-mail could never replace personal interaction and face-to-face discussions.” FiDiPro Professor Thomas Heinze is developing chemical methods with which a greater number of the characteristics of cellulose can be transferred into the products made from it. Photo: H. Wondraczek How does it work? The Academy of Finland and Tekes open calls on a regular intervals. FiDiPro funding is always applied by a Finnish university or research institute – not by the international researcher personally. Funding is awarded for academic and applied research projects lasting for 2–5 years. The projects are required to have strategic importance to the host university or research institute. Who is eligible for funding? The FiDiPro programme provides applicants with two alternatives: 1. FiDiPro Professor funding is intended for inviting international professor-level top researches to Finland. Funded by both the Academy of Finland and Tekes. 2. FiDiPro Fellow funding is awarded for talented and experienced researchers who are past their postdoctoral stage, at least 3–4 years after the Doctorate Dissertation. Funded by Tekes. For both funding alternatives, the application process has two stages. The projects invited to proceed to the second stage are selected on the basis of the letters of intent outlining the project plan and explaining the collaboration between the international professor and the Finnish research teams or companies. Funding covers expenses such as salary and travel costs of the visiting researcher and the costs of the research project.
  6. 6. ”In the short run, the most obvious benefit of the project, in terms of the progress of our field of research, is the opportunity to build an interdisciplinary network that also extends abroad.” Internationally renowned American researcher Peter Kivisto endeavours to construct a theoretical overall understanding of the concept of multiculturalism and contribute to education in the field in Finland. Norway Arctic Circle Russia Photo: Riikka Söderlund 60° FINLAND Helsinki Sweden Academy of Finland: Hakaniemenranta 6 P.O.Box 131, FI-00531 Helsinki Tel. +358 29 533 5000 Fax +358 29 533 5299 www.aka.fi/eng Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation : Kyllikinportti 2 P.O.Box 69, FI-00101 Helsinki Tel. +358 2950 55000 Fax +358 9 694 9196 www.tekes.fi/eng Painotuote 441 042 September 2012 || Printed by Markprint Oy || Design by Recommended September 2012 Printed by Markprint Oy Design by Recommended More information: www.fidipro.fi

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